By: Jussa Kudherezera
Political and security disorders are undeniable. Zimbabwe is experiencing a high population growth rate, environmental degradation and rural-urban migration that aggravate the sustainability of the current food production.
Cities are experiencing great difficulties in creating sufficient employment opportunities and this has led to high unemployment and very poor living conditions in the slum areas. Population growth in Zimbabwe is combined with a gradual shift in the focus area of poverty from rural to urban locations.
By: Anya Shetty
As of late, the world feels like it’s having one big anxiety attack. With the recent protests of the wrongful death of George Floyd against the backdrop of COVID-19, it feels almost impossible to think or talk about anything else. COVID-19 has been a prevailing issue, the main topic of news segments and newspaper articles for around 4 months now. Although lots of people know about COVID-19, not a lot of people know exactly where it came from - not just its origins in China- but exactly how it came to be. While it does seem to be a hassle and the last thing any of us needed, being the cause of many colleges closing, online graduations, waiting in outrageously long lines, and influx in zoom meetings and mask-wearing, it also plays a useful role in grasping climate change and the human environment.
By: Isabella Sferra
Pesticides are part of an evolving narrative around environmental health and human safety that pose a problem with no simple solution. They’ve been in the environmental hot seat since Rachel Carson’s publication of Silent Spring and are likely to remain so for a long time coming. While they’ve helped enable greater harvests and increased food security for millions, there is a clear need for less harmful methods of pest management. Fortunately, there are things that gardeners and farmers can do to reduce the risk of pesticides to themselves and the environment.
By: Devon Daniusis
Though COVID-19 has definitely limited the amount of publicly accessible green spaces, it has also illuminated how much can be accomplished from home! Your windowsill is the perfect place to start experimenting with growing plants, herbs and vegetables, and cultivating one’s own produce and seasonings can be one of the most gratifying growing experiences.
By: Arushi Rai
In our ever changing and growing population, sustainability is vital to preserving the Earth. As our communities expand, our carbon emissions continue to grow which causes us to have a greater carbon footprint. A large carbon footprint/CO2 emissions is very harmful to our environment. One negative impact is global climate change. This is endangering natural habitats of animals, causing glaciers to melt resulting in sea level rise, harsher weather patterns, and it’s making agriculture and human life very difficult. In order to reduce our carbon footprint, we all need to learn how to become environmentally sustainable in our community.
By: Will Roth
Food waste makes up over 20% of material in landfills. Once there, it is surrounded by inorganic materials and lacks the airflow needed to break down. Instead, it releases methane, which is at least 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Putting our food waste in the trash is the absolute last resort. Luckily, for many of us, there is an environmentally-beneficial alternative that is just as easy.
By: Anita Taha
Are you looking to spice up your house? Well, one great way to do just that is by utilizing your free space for plants! Some people don’t have enough time, or often don’t remember to, take care of their plants. So, this is a list of several different plants and herbs that you can grow in your own home, with very little attention, that can add a little flare to your living space.
By: Nina Thurau
Going eco-friendly at home may seem like a big undertaking, but it’s actually easier than most people think. The key is to start simple rather than trying to change everything at once.
Here are eight changes you can make that are so simple you won’t even realize anything has changed!
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